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Stella ...... and the first cuppa

Few people sit and talk “dogs” first thing in the morning – but we do!
After the initial greetings have subsided and the "necessaries" completed, the dogs go back to resting again – albeit with one eye open to ensure that they don't get left behind at the first sign of a walk!
And so it was this morning. Over a cup of tea, Paul and I discussed Stella and our delight at how she has changed since she first arrived.
Initially she was scared of the other dogs and took herself into a corner. Her fear was demonstrated by some strange noises and mild aggression which I soon solved. Over her time with me, she has really grown in confidence – and obedience. The dog that once pulled on the lead is no more nor is the threat that once let off, she would just be a white dog that quickly bacame a smaller and smaller dot ........I hope you know what I mean !
I freely admit that it gives me immense pleasure to see a dog change in such a positive way, as I strongly believe the animal is much happier itself.



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